There is now not much more I can or need to do to prepare for next week. I'm not certain that I'm 100% prepared, but I am as prepared as I am going to be without ever having done this event before. Now I just have to wait and hope to sleep well and eat a lot between now and Sunday.
I try not to think too much about the race right now. When I think about it for a long time, as I did while running this morning, it tends to loom like a dark cloud. I'm sure the tension will continue to build until Sunday. I just need to find a way to not let it consume all of my next 5 days. It sure is going to be a sweet release to actually start the race on Sunday and have every ounce of pre-race stress behind me. After that all I will need to do is run 350 miles, but no longer will I need to prepare to run 350 miles.